ERIC Number: ED106277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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A Psycho-Social Study of Outstanding Female Athletes.
Balazs, Eva K.
This study is an ex post facto analysis of the life histories of 24 Olympic female champions which attempts to determine events and variables in the psychological and social driving forces behind outstanding achievement in sports. The data was gathered by (a) personal interviews, (b) the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule (EPPS), and (c) a data questionnaire. Analysis of the clinical data revealed some developmental dynamics that may characterize all subjects: a deep desire to excel, early goal-setting and the ability to follow through with these goals, a strong self-concept, well-developed heterosexuality, and parents who were supportive and had high expectations of their daughters. Analysis of the EPPS data revealed two pronunced psychological variables: a high need for achievement and a high need for autonomy. The personality profile of the group showed a balanced curve, indicating emotional stability and normal personal adjustment. (Author/PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Ed. D. Thesis; Boston University